Clarke has seen pressure on him mount in recent months over the part he played in the restructuring of the International Cricket Council last year, the ‘big three takeover’ that saw India, England and Australia take control over the majority of power and income from the world game.
The news comes as Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hyth and crucially a member of the culture, media and sport select committee, was at a protest outside The Oval this morning organised by the #changecricket campaign, set up by the makers of the documentary Death of a Gentleman, which calls for more transparency in the governance of the sport.
Protesting along with Collins was sportswear businessman Jaimie Fuller, leader of a campaign to make changes to cycling, and they were joined by around 100 or so other protesters who held a three-minute silence – one for each of the three countries now controlling cricket.
Protesters outside The Oval on day one of the Fifth Ashes Test “This is very detrimental to the game. I will ask the sports select committee to summon Giles Clarke to explain his role,” said Collins. “I will be asking the committee if they are interested in taking this further. They have a role to play in asking the questions people want to avoid answering.”
Clarke and the ECB have up until this point declined to comment on the claims made in Death of a Gentleman.